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Substance Abuse: Drug Court Program Maricopa County Drug Court Program offers an outpatient counseling and drug monitoring program for offenders found guilty of a drug related offense.

An individual is sentenced to participate in Drug Court after being screened and found eligible by program personnel. Drug Court requires the participant to attend regularly scheduled Court status hearings to monitor compliance in terms of probation and Drug Court directives. A contract is issued to the participants at each Court appearance which specifically outlines all expectations for the period of time between status hearings. The program is a minimum of one year and the offender must complete all program requirements to graduate from the Program. Upon graduation the offender is discharged from Probation and if the offense is undesignated it will be designated as a misdemeanor.

ELIGIBLE FOR DRUG COURT

  • Probation eligible drug related felonies with at least two years' probation
  • Must reside in the Drug Court supervision area

NOT ELIGIBLE FOR DRUG COURT

  • Marijuana conviction only or the defendant possesses a verified marijuana card
  • Sales offenses ARE NOT eligible unless charges are pled down from sales
  • Stand-alone first-strike Prop 200 cases
  • They do not reside in the Drug Court designated zip code area

ADVANTAGES OF DRUG COURT

  • Length of Probation grant determined by defendant's compliance to program requirements
  • Fines deferred
  • Random drug testing
  • Team supervision: Judge, Public Defender, Probation Officer, Counselor
  • Treatment services based on a clinical assessment
  • Rewards and incentives for program compliance
  • Added resources for family
  • Pro-social activities
  • Credit for Community Service
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